The September issue of PLAYBOY Italy features an exclusive interview with Omer Bhatti held by his friend and photographer Massimo Masini in Norway. Omer talks about his personal and professional life, subjects ranging from when his passion for dance started up and his friendship with the biggest pop star of all time, Michael Jackson. Check out the translation of some parts of the interview:
"I was hyperactive. I practiced many sports, all of the most common... basketball, martial arts, swimming, running... My heroes were Carl Lewiss and Michael Johnson. I was very good at all sports because I was small compared to others and was so full of determination that sign me to be respected. I was very competitive... / After practicing all these sports, it was something natural and instinct. I remember that my mother woke me in the morning, prepared the coffee, and then went out to go to work and I had exactly 15 minutes which I watched VHS to 'study' video clips, choreography, concerts. Using compulsively the Pause and Play to repeat every step and detail. I was very focused. The crazy thing of a 'real studio'. So it ended up with me starting dancing seriously and becoming known in Norway, a sort of prodigy (laughs). But for me the dance was a kind of meditation and large therapy."
"I feel good, always referring to the animal world, I feel a bit like a chameleon, which can capture the 'color' of the places where I live. I adapt, knowing how to keep, of course, my personality. It is a gift that I have been able to develop and acquire with time and experience. We must be strong and sensitive... I'm a vulnerable wolf, but vulnerability makes us strong. I alternate between a socially 'normal life' and, so saying, 'high class'."
"If I look back, I see often an Omer that I am no more, songs which I do not recognize me anymore... but would do it again because I consider everything as the step of a grand staircase that led me to be who I am today and how I am today is all I wanted. / I need to express myself freely and believe, without being subject to certain "market rules" (about being an independent artist). / I just released my new single 'Automatic' whose video was shoot in Los Angeles and is the first project produced by Prince Jackson with his new production company, King's Son Productions. See, even here are present my 'two lives', where Prince to me is how a younger brother, I have taught him many things, I changed his diapers, gave him baby food and today he was my producer. It's the cycle of life..."
FRIENDSHIP WITH MICHAEL JACKSON
"It's like that day (June 25) I had died with him and then was reborn. It is very rare for me to talk about it and the fact that I talk about it with you (Massimo Masini) is not by chance. You and I we met in a very important moment and delicate of my life. But my 'two lives', as I said, are on I have lived a part of my life in a Norwegian modest suburb and another around the world with the highest of the music stars. / I can understand people's curiosity, but people should understand the limits of curiosity. the media and people always focus on wanting necessarily classify my relationship with Michael. The truth is that I do not give a name for our relationship. I believe there is no more words to classify and label something or someone. Michael for me was "Michael", that's all. / I'm not a fan of this 'title' (king of pop) for the simple fact that he was much more than the king of pop."
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